During 2014, I reviewed a total of 93 books.
(Damn, that’s a lot of books.)
How did I read so many and also manage to have a life? I’m weirdly impressed with myself.
These are a few of my favorites, summed up in only a sentence or two. This was originally going to be a top 10 list, but there were so many wonderful books that I couldn’t narrow it down, so it’s a top 11 list instead. Books appear in the order that I read them.
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wrecker: Two mythological creatures from different homelands and walks of life find themselves struggling to survive among New York’s immigrant communities in the late 1800s.
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen: A girl gets kidnapped by trolls who want her to marry their prince to fulfill a prophecy. Unfortunately, it didn’t work.
Fool’s War by Sarah Zettel: Science fiction featuring a female Muslim protagonist, a jester, and a rogue artificial intelligence.
The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley: A star-based magic system and interesting gender constructs pave the way for this stunning epic fantasy.
Six Gun Snow White by Catherynne Valente: A familiar fairy tale is reconceptualized to examine race and gender issues in the Wild West.
Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier: A woman is released from prison by the fae on the condition that she spends seven years helping others. She travels to a village where she stumbles upon a mystery.
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin: In this fantasy novel loosely based on ancient Egyptian society, priests perform euthanasia to harvest magical dreamblood.
Jackaby by William Ritter: Paranormal novel featuring an eccentric detective in the vein of Sherlock Holmes.
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer: A team of explorers enters Area X, a mysterious place where the fabric of reality appears to be altered.
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence: A somewhat dickish (anti?)hero is determined to become king, no matter what it takes.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson: This verse novel recounts the author’s childhood, including some of her first encounters with racial issues.
What are some of your favorite reads from the past year?